On June 10, 2020, PM Modi on Twitter announced about the increase in population of Asiatic Lions.
The Asiatic Lion population has increased by 29 percent. It was 523 in 2015 and has increased to 674 in 2020. India has recorded 36 percent increase in distribution area of lions. It was 22,000 square kms in 2015. In 2020, the spread increased to 30,000 square kms. The Asiatic Lions are currently in the protected areas of Agro-Pastoral landscape of Saurashtra, Gujarat. Roaring Success-India’s Asiatic Lion population increased
How did the population increase?
The Asiatic Lion population increased steadily due to the following reasons
2.Emphasis on Technology
3.Proper Habitat Management
5.Steps that minimize human-lion conflicts.
The Asiatic Lion is listed under Endangered in IUCN red list. This is mainly because of their small population size and area of occupancy.
The Asiatic Lions are found in western and middle Asia. In India there were found in the region between the Indus river in the west, till Bengal in the east and till Narmada river in the south. Today they are restricted to Gir Forest National Park.
In India, the Asiatic Lions are listed in Schedule I of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972. Roaring Success-India’s Asiatic Lion population increased